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Family Planning

We offer a full family planning service to patients free of charge. This includes providing advice on:

  • family planning issues in general and associated prescriptions.
  • possible fitting of Intrauterine Devices (IUDs or ‘coils’), such as the Mirena coil
  • inserting long-acting reversible contraceptives, such as Implanon and Nexplanon, which provide contraception for up to 3 years without the need for regular check-ups or daily pill taking. These are delivered as a small rod beneath the skin under local anaesthetic.

All of the Practice GPs are able to discuss wider family planning issues and prescriptions. However, if you would like to discuss IUDs or long-acting contraceptives, please make an appointment with Dr Muirhead, Dr Hide or Dr White who are trained in their counselling, insertion, follow-up and removal.

Before making an appointment, please refer to the Family Planning Association website for further helpful information on your options. The site’s my contraception tool is particularly helpful as is their advice on contraception.

The FPA has produced a series of guides to help patients decide which is the best method for them. Here is their general guide - Your guide to contraception.